Correction from yesterday: 'Da Meat Hook not fit, not ready

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Yesterday
I linked an article in which Dmitri Young mentioned that he was fit,
ready and eager to play. Today reader Wooden U. Lykteneau points me to
a blog post which suggests otherwise.

First, he’s not fit.

Second, he’s probably not ready:

In a brief conversation, Dmitri says he’s been healthy and ready to
go since April, but his bat during this game proved maybe otherwise. In
three plate appearances–Young couldn’t get around on any fastball from
Bowie’s Japanese Import Ryohei Tanaka nor from BaySox Reliever Jim
Hoey’s tosses–striking out twice . . . As always-Dmitri Young was nice
as could be to Washington’s Fan on hand today. Just not sure if he
really is in playing shape.

I presume he’s still eager.

OK, so I guess he may not have much of a future as a player. But I’m
not discouraged. In fact, I’m now even more behind the idea I had
yesterday about making him a bench coach. Maybe even for the Nats. I’m
totally serious here. To my knowledge, there isn’t a player in baseball
that doesn’t like Dmitri Young, so you can’t tell me that he wouldn’t
bring some lightness to the Nats’ often uptight clubhouse. Maybe he
could even straighten out Elijah Dukes. I mean, sure, Young has never
been a model citizen himself, but (a) he figured out long ago out to
make his outsized and unorthodox personality conform close enough to
baseball’s conservative social structure so as not to get him run out
of the game; and (b) it’s not like Dukes is going to listen to a model
citizen anyway.

Dmitri Young: bench coach, part-time hitting instructor, commissioner of lightness. I like the sound of that.

Stephen Strasburg unlikely to pitch in the NLDS

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 07:  Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals walks off the field after an injury in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on September 7, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said on Tuesday that starter Stephen Strasburg is unlikely to pitch in the NLDS against the Dodgers, Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. Strasburg hasn’t pitched since September 7 due to a strained flexor mass.

Strasburg was pitching well before a few poor starts prior to being shut down in August. He currently holds a 3.60 ERA with a 183/44 K/BB ratio in 147 2/3 innings.

The Nationals signed Strasburg to a seven-year, $175 million contract extension in May. This was obviously not how they invisioned his 2016 campaign going.

A.J. Cole fined, suspended five games for throwing at Jung Ho Kang

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Home plate umpire Jordan Baker ejects A.J. Cole #22 of the Washington Nationals in the third inning during the game at PNC Park on September 25, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Nationals starter A.J. Cole has been fined an undisclosed amount and suspended five games by Major League Baseball for intentionally throwing at Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang on Sunday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Cole is appealing his suspension.

Kang faked a tag on Bryce Harper, who was coming into third base on a triple. The fake-out caused Harper to slide awkwardly, injuring his left thumb. The Nationals took exception to this and Cole threw a fastball that ended sailing behind Kang’s back during his next at-bat. Cole was ejected and both benches emptied. There was some yelling and some light pushing and shoving, but nothing beyond that.

Cole will remain active until his appeal is heard, which may allow him to make one more start before the end of the regular season. He’s carrying a 5.09 ERA with a 37/14 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings over seven starts this season.